We’re facing a number of complex and interrelated problems such as rising food prices, economic downturn, climate change, and increased competition on the use of natural resources.
Integrated landscape approaches have the power to help us solve these problems. They offer new insights and opportunities for sustainable development but demand new skills and knowledge.
To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), diverse landscape stakeholders need to find a common ground and learn to understand plural and complex landscape issues, processes and perspectives.
Join this programme to understand what changes and skills are needed to make these changes and what your role in this should be. Thinking from a spatial perspective, this programme focuses on the multi-functionality and cross-sector nature of landscapes.
In this Professional Certificate Programme you will learn about four major elements in landscape thinking:
Integrated Landscape Finance
Climate change and climate action
The programme consists of online courses in which you will learn that the application of landscape approaches to address complex developmental and environmental challenges requires a shift in mind-set, perspective and skillset.
The courses in this programme have been developed to enhance your ability to think beyond the sector and in a more integrated and transformative manner. The courses will equip you with the skills and tools needed to transform your landscapes and teach you how to integrate the necessary climate action. Not only will you be able to analyse, you will learn how to bring knowledge into action in order to promote climate smart landscapes on a local scale and/or across the world.
The Sustainable and Inclusive Landscapes programme is developed and delivered by a network of globally active partners under the momentum and umbrella of the Global Landscapes Forum
Courses under this program: Course 1: Landscape Leadership: Catalyse Sustainable Development in Landscapes
Learn how to become a landscape leader! Get the skills to mobilise human resources, manage and resolve conflict and facilitate and motivate stakeholders to achieve SDG-focused sustainable change.
Course 2: Landscape Governance: Collaborating Across Sectors and Scales
Finding local solutions to global challenges relies on collaboration & innovation. Equip yourself with the knowledge & skills to design and implement effective landscape governance that harnesses the power of place for sustainable landscape solutions.
Course 3: Landscape Finance: Investing in Innovation for Sustainable Landscapes
Bridge the gap between finance and landscape! Learn to navigate the web of landscape financial flows, mechanisms and requirements toward developing cutting-edge business cases and models for sustainable development in landscapes.
Course 4: Climate Action in Biodiverse Landscapes
There is no planet B. It's time to take effective climate action for which collaboration and innovation are key. This online course will boost your knowledge and skills to help you move from analysis to action in order to develop climate smart landscapes across the world.
Increasing global complexities and interconnectedness offer both opportunities and challenges to our collective ability to deal with climate change, food insecurity, resource depletion and degradation and the many conflicts that arise due to scarcity. The solutions to many of these issues need both global attention, but also local action.
Join this MOOC, to kick-start your efforts to unite stakeholders and design governance structures, processes and partnerships embedded in place that capitalize on strengths and balance and mitigate threats.
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and building healthy and productive landscapes can only happen with effective stakeholder engagement. Landscape governance is therefore key to balance and manage the many trade-offs and interdependencies that happen across sectors and scales in and around landscapes.
Taking this online course requires you to look at a landscape and its governance from a new perspective. With the landscape as the place, you will think spatially and explore transboundary governance that flows from the natural landscape and overcomes static, traditional administrative levels and barriers.
Once you sign up, you'll be whisked away to exciting real-world landscapes to learn from global experiences and see how even in the most challenging circumstances, effective governance leads to innovation and sustainable development in landscapes.
You'll also be challenged to assess the roles of formal and informal institutions in a highly interactive fashion. By the end of this course, you have analysed the multi-actor, multi-sector and multi-scale character of a landscape which is necessary to create sustainable and innovative landscape governance arrangements.
Professional Certificate Programme: Sustainable and Inclusive Landscapes
Landscape Governance: Collaborating Across Sectors and Scales (this course)
This course has been designed by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, with contributions from the Horn of Africa Regional Centre (HOAREC) in Ethiopia, and South Rift Association of Land Owners (SORALO) in Kenya. It has been financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
Achieving sustainable and productive landscapes and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calls for bold and innovative leadership. Governments, the global private sector, universities and international NGOs are seeking landscape leaders to stimulate and facilitate change.
If you're reading this page, there's a strong chance that you see challenges in the society and region around you. There's also a strong chance that you have the energy and ability to impact change for the better. The MOOC Landscape Leadership: Catalyse Sustainable Development in Landscapes, is your key to unlocking the knowledge and skills you need to kick-off and lead the changes you want to see in your landscape and work.
You will learn what true leadership in a landscape really is. You will learn from real-life leaders how they designed and facilitated change to better their landscape. You will be taken through challenging global cases and build your skills to lead change in landscapes. You will interact with other emerging landscape leaders who want to share and learn how change at the landscape level can be achieved. After this course, you will be ready to look at your landscape and know how to lead the way forward.
After signing up for this course, you will straight away be brought to the landscape. You'll see leaders in action and be quizzed on what you would do in their situation. Through highly interactive activities, you'll learn about stakeholder dynamics and how those dynamics and competing claims often lead to conflict. But, you'll learn how to facilitate and inspire stakeholders and develop a repertoire of tools and methods to manage and resolve conflict toward sustainable change.
This course has been co-designed by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, Eco-Agriculture Partners, ICRAF, and African Model Forest Network. It has been financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
Landscape approaches call for innovative interventions that cut across sectors and scales. Public and private funders are ready to invest but there are gaps to bridge. Integrated landscape investments, which enable bankable projects to be realized, need to be built on shared understandings and motivations between landscape inhabitants and leaders and the world of finance.
Are you from the finance world and want to think from a landscape perspective? Or, are you working in or for a landscape and want to mobilise resources? Join this course and bridge the gap between finance and landscapes. Gain critical insights and develop the skills to capitalize on investors motivation to invest and the need for innovative financing in landscapes
Financial experts will share their experiences and get you ready to join the global momentum on financing landscape initiatives. You'll learn about multi-sector, multi-stakeholder investments that manage and affect multiple landscape functions.
Join this MOOC now and jump right into breaking down complex language and concepts in a light and highly interactive manner. Learn about plural values and how they can be achieved with the right investment. Learn too how to stimulate, secure and coordinate the execution of that investment. During this course, you'll also learn to develop integrated investment strategies to support landscape leaders and investors in their related efforts.
The question is no longer WHY should we take climate action, but rather HOW we can take action. In this course you will learn how to take joint action to understand and address climate change impacts in your landscape or work.
It is widely recognized that there is an interconnection between climate change and biodiversity. With examples from all over the world, you will learn how climate change negatively affects biodiversity and human well-being, but also how biodiversity can play an important role in adaptation and mitigation efforts. With the support of professionals from various fields you will be guided from analysis to identifying innovate climate solutions at landscape level.
Join this MOOC if you want to:
Understand how climate change is impacting you and your landscape
Know how to mobilize collaboration among landscape actors
Learn from nature-based climate solutions from around the world
Get practical support in taking some first steps in climate action in your landscape
Climate Action in Biodiverse Landscapes (this course)
This course is part of the Sustainable and Inclusive Landscapes Professional Certificate Programme which can be found on Landscape Academy. This is a collaboration between Wageningen University & Research, UN Environment and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF). The course was funded by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
Multiple international partners have contributed to the development of this course. We want to express our gratitude towards all our partners who have contributed to the production of this course: